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Tribute to Alanis Obomsawin (Ages 15-17)

Tribute to Alanis Obomsawin (Ages 15-17)

Alanis Obomsawin’s career spans an astonishing five decades, during which time she has captured the experience and struggles facing Indigenous people in Canada. These influential works are a huge step towards understanding the issues.

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Films in This Playlist Include
The People of the Kattawapiskak River
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Gene Boy Came Home
Rocks at Whiskey Trench
Our Nationhood
Incident at Restigouche
Is the Crown at War With Us?
Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Metis Child

Alanis Obomsawin is a filmmaking legend. With an astonishing career spanning over five decades, she’s made over 40 films that focus on issues facing Indigenous people in Canada. Her latest film, We Can’t Make The Same Mistake Twice, was recently selected as part of the 2016 TIFF Masters Program.

In honour of her long and colourful career, we've put together a playlist of some of her most influential and powerful work.

Alanis Obomsawin

  • The People of the Kattawapiskak River
    2012|50 min

    Learn about the ongoing housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario, a what led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for help.

  • Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
    1993|1 h 59 min

    Delve into the action of an age-old struggle as Alanis Obomsawin spends 78 tense days filming the now-infamous stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army.

  • Gene Boy Came Home
    2007|24 min

    Meet Eugene "Gene Boy" Benedict, a boy from Odanak Indian Reserve who enlisted in the US Marines at 17 and spent 2 years on the frontlines of the Vietnam War before beginning his arduous journey home.

  • Rocks at Whiskey Trench
    2000|1 h 45 min

    This doc profiles a key element of the 1990 Oka crisis in which the Mohawk communities of Kahnawake and Kanehsatake stood against the Canadian military and Canadian citizens in a stand-off that turned violent.

  • Our Nationhood
    2003|1 h 36 min

    Follow the determination and tenacity of the Listuguj Mi'gmaq people who use and manage the natural resources of their traditional lands.

  • Incident at Restigouche
    1984|45 min

    Watch as Alanis Obomsawin chronicles 2 raids on the Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation (Restigouche) by the Sûreté du Québec following government efforts to impose restrictions on salmon fishing.

  • Is the Crown at war with us?
    2002|1 h 36 min

    In the summer of 2000, federal fishery officers appeared to wage war on the Mi'gmaq fishermen of Burnt Church, NB. But why would the government attack citizens for exercising rights that had been affirmed by the highest court in the land?

  • Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child
    1986|29 min

    Taken from his home at the age of 4 due to family problems, Richard Cardinal spent the rest of his 17 short years moving in and out of 28 foster homes, group homes and shelters in Alberta.